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1.    What services do you provide?

1a.  How Much Does it Cost?

2.    How long does it take from start to finish?

3.    Availability - What is your schedule and roughly when can you start?

4.    Where do you live and what area do you cover?

4a.  Do you add travel and fuel costs?

4b.  Can you work in London?

5.    What sort of paint do you use, and is it toxic?

5a.  I want to paint a mural myself, or want to do this for a living, can you offer any advice?

5b   How do you make the colours look so bright?

6.    Can you paint these murals on to material for shipping abroad?

7.    What currency are you using to quote the prices?

8.    Prior to mural painting what type of preparation is required?

9.    What surfaces can you paint on?

10.  How do we know what the finished murals will look like?

11.  Do you do murals for businesses?

12.  Can you paint while we do business or will we need to do it after hours?

13.  When are you moving to America?!

14.  While doing the work, will you need to arrange accommodation?

15.  Do you resell any of your murals?

16.  Can you send a brochure/catalogue?

17.  Do you take credit cards?

18.  Will the paintings last?

19.  What if the mural is damaged?

20.  How long have you been painting?

21.  Do you charge a consulting fee or charge for estimates?

22.  Do you know any good muralists in the United States?

23.  Can you tell me a little about the creation process?

24. Are these pictures wallpaper or paintings, reproductions or originals?


If you have any other questions please e-mail me




 

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1. What services do you provide?

  • Children's Mural Painting
  • Trompe L'oeil
  • Themed interior design
  • Artist's impressions
  • Canvas Painting
  • Artwork commissions
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    Please click here to read more about my mural painting services

    Printed Wallpaper Murals and Canvas Prints are also available from the online shop

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    1a. How Much Does it Cost?

    Please contact me for an estimate or quote for your project or idea.    

    I offer quotes for most jobs, or estimates for more complex work, and these are based on how long I think the work will take, calculated using an hourly rate which is currently £30 per hour, plus fuel cost for one return journey in my campervan to your location..

    I am happy to FIX THE PRICE at an agreed amount for most projects, so there are no surprises.


    Example1:

    A project that I think will take one week will cost £1200 plus fuel cost. (Where 1 week = 40 hours work)


    Example 2:

    A project estimated to take three weeks will cost £3600 plus fuel cost. If I go over by a day or so then I will often wave this and give this extra time for free.

     

    I also offer interest free credit and can accept monthly instalments up to twelve months if required.
    You pay 20% upfront, then the rest of the amount can be spread over any time period up to one year.

    So for example if your mural cost £1500 and you wanted to spread the payments over one year, that's £300 up front, then £100 per month for twelve months*.


    All prices are quoted in UK Pounds (£ Stirling) Rates for my other artwork services are available on request.

    * Please note you are legally bound to honour the repayments and failure to complete payment will result in legal action being taken against you.

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    2. How long does it take from start to finish?

        
    For hand-painted work, a simple mural may take only a day or two, a complex mural painted on one wall can take on average between 4 and 10 days, and a room mural takes somewhere between 10 and 30 days to complete. More complex designs and larger rooms take longer, so the costs can range from a few hundred pounds for simpler designs, up to many thousands for complex whole room designs. For fixed budgets I offer a fixed quoted price for my time which I promise not to exceed even if it takes me a little longer, so there are no financial surprises.

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    3. What is your schedule and roughly when can you start?
        
    Please contact me to check my shedule and availability.

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    4. Where do you live and what area do you cover?

      
    I offer my mural painting service anywhere up to 250 miles from where I live, in Ashburton, (Dartmoor) in Devon. Work abroad also considered. Unfortunately to work in London I must pay the Low Emmissions Zone charge for two days, for the days I drive to and from at the beginning and end of the job, and this charge is currently £100 per day, which must be added to the overall price.(see Q. 4b below)



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    4a.  Do you add travel and fuel costs?

     
    I do charge for one return journey in my camper van to your location and these costs are included in the quote.

    I also charge for fuel if you want me to travel a long way for a consultation.

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    4b.  Can you work in London?

    Due to the recent changes in the LEZ (London Emission Zone) rules, I must pay a charge on any day I drive in the zone. If I can park off-street at the premises where the work is to be done, then I can still work in London but there will be an extra total cost of £200 to pay the LEZ charge (Currently £100 per day - for the journey there and the journey back).

    Alternatively, if someone wants to support me to the tune of £40,000 to buy a nice new mobile home with lower emissions, I'm all ears LOL!!

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    5.  What sort of paint do you use, and is it safe for children?
        
    I use a blend of household matt emulsion and artists' acrylics. These paints have a low VOC content, are low odour and are very durable, lightfast and washable (using warm soapy water and a soft sponge). If required I will apply a coat of acrylic based matt varnish for increased durability and easier cleaning, and this varnish is also low VOC. These paints and varnish are not completely free from chemicals I should add, I wouldn't recommend spreading them on your toast (!), but they are low odour, and once dry are as safe as any normal interior household emulsion.

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    5a. I want to paint a mural myself, or want to do this for a living, can you offer any advice?

    Yes, I have written a useful article about this, here's the link: Advice Page

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    5b. How do you make the colours look so bright?


    The paint I use is System 3 acrylics, which have bright and strong pigmants, mixed with white emulsion which makes for some lovely bright colours when you want them, so the colours do look lovely and bright on the original murals. They tend to look a bit brighter when viewed on a computer though, due to a cinematic effect caused by the way the colours are displayed, ie. with a backlight on computer monitors and TVs. Paint does not have the same kind of light source, and must reflect light. I adjust also the images on the computer to make them look as close to the original artwork as I can. Lastly, monitors tend to vary from one model to the next so the brightness and colour may vary considerably on different monitors.

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    6. Can you paint these murals on to material for shipping abroad?


    I can supply smaller murals handpainted on to canvas for shipping if you prefer, painted in my Dartmoor studio (my shed!) using only acrylics (no house paint). I will need to know the size required and the subject matter, so I can work out logistics and feasability. If you might like one of my canvas murals, please contact me, or call me by telephone if you prefer (+44 (0) 7817 911 379). We will need to discuss how viable the proposed project is, and agree on a price. If you want me to go ahead, then you will need to send a deposit of 25% to me before I start. Once this payment is cleared I will go ahead and do the work. I will send periodic photos of the mural's progress via e-mail to you, and once the mural is complete I will send you photos of the finished mural. Then you will need to send me full payment and, once this has cleared I will send you the mural. The canvas murals are painted purely with flexible acrylic paint, not emulsion, so the paint will flex when rolled for shipping. There are additional costs for murals for shipping abroad, these are listed as follows:

  •  Material - this varies with respect to size, and typically might be about £40
  •  Postage and packing - £call for a quote - canvas murals are large and heavy!

  • The best way to install a canvas mural is to have it stretched over a large frame by a professional framer, then hang it on brackets or long screws fixed to the wall. Murals could also be installed on any wall exactly the way wallpaper is installed, using easily available materials (wallpaper paste).  Using an experienced decorator would in my opinion be essential for this kind of install, to achieve a neat result.  One great thing about a mural painted on canvas is that it can be taken down and taken with you if you move - even a pasted canvas could be steamed off the wall with minimal damage as steam does not harm acrylic paint. These murals can be shipped to anywhere in the world with an address. (So the Sahara desert is out!)
         Also, I can be shipped anywhere in the world to come and paint your mural for you, personally!  :)  

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    7.  What currency are you using to quote the prices?

        
    All prices are quoted in United Kingdom Pounds (£ Stirling)

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    8. Prior to mural painting what type of preparation is required?

        
    Ideally the walls should be new plaster, dried thoroughly, which has been sealed with plaster sealer, then given one coat of thinned white matt emulsion to prime the surface, (paint : water ratio about 80 : 20), and then one coat of normal white emulsion. Good condition lining or wallpaper can be painted over with just one normal coat of white matte emulsion. Vinyl wallpapers are unsuitable and should be removed and the walls relined.

    Old plaster is often ok to paint on but should be made good and primed with one coat of white matte emulsion. A wall painted with a colour may also be a suitable base for me to work on. Preparation of walls can be done for an additional charge, and this will be charged at an agreed rate.

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    9. What surfaces can you paint on?

        
    Plaster, wallpaper (not vinyls), wood, mdf, glass, tiles, brick, allsorts really. 

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    10. How do we know what the finished murals will look like?


    We can discuss ideas in the beginning and get a feel for what is wanted. To help you understand exactly what the finished murals will look like, I will submit sketches for your edit and/or approval, and show examples of my previous work. Once approved, a firm price will be quoted, or an estimate for larger (i.e longer) commissions. This way you will have a pretty good idea of what the end results will look like and what it will cost. 

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    11. Do you do Murals for businesses?


    Yes, please get in touch for a competitive quote..

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    12. Can you paint while we do business or will we need to do it after hours?


    Either, I can work during normal business hours, I do all I can to minimize the impact, or I can work irregular hours.

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    13.  When are you moving to America?!

     
    Have you tried to emigrate from the UK to the USA? The rules are insanely strict and I'm pretty well stuck here in England. Unless I can find any Patrons out there..? Or better still what I really need is an agent, preferably in San Francisco, California. Years down the line and still no offers, dang!

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    14. While doing the work, will you need to arrange accommodation?


    Not usually, I have a motorhome, so as long as I can park within striking distance I will not need any other accommodation. Most often, and ideally, I stay on your driveway for the duration of the job. (Applies to UK, Ireland and Europe only).

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    15. Do you resell any of your murals?


    All of the murals are unique one offs, and I will only paint new versions of earlier designs. No design will be exactly duplicated. I do sell canvas prints of some small sections of some of the murals I have done in the past.

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    16. Can you send a brochure/catalogue?

        
    I'm sorry but no brochure or catalogue is available. Please use this website for all reference.

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    17. Do you take credit cards?

        
    Credit and debit cards are accepted in the online shop, as well as Paypal.
    I cannot accept cards for payment for the hand painted murals, payment must be made by cash, cheque or electronic balance transfer.

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    18. Will the paintings last?

    Yes, Acrylic and emulsion paints are very durable and lightfast, and should last for many years. I will also coat the mural in a layer of acrylic matte varnish, if desired, which makes for easier cleaning, and will extend the mural's life.
    I've been in business now for nine years, and my earliest murals still look like new. The bathroom and swimming pool murals are also still like new, with negligable humidity damage.

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    19. What if the mural is damaged?

    If something happens due to accidental damage or due to neglect, I can repair it at a cost. I can also repaint on new walls and features added into a previously painted room, and maintain a consistant look.

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    20. How long have you been painting?

     
    I started painting when I was 25 years old and have been painting now for 20 years. I began drawing from a very young age, as do many of us, and really applied myself to learning how to draw in my teens. I went to Chelsea School of Art when I was eighteen, and have continuously produced artwork since then. My mural painting career began in 2002.

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    21. Do you charge a consulting fee or charge for estimates?

        
    No, I do not charge for consultations or estimates. I do expect the client to bear the cost of my travel expenses.

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    22. I can't afford to fly you over here! Do you know any good muralists in the United States?

        
    Check out my ever growing links page. Or how about we organise a group tour, where I paint a bunch of murals across the States! Sounds fun!

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    23. Can you tell me a little about the creation process


    First I do some mock up sketches based on any ideas discussed, then, once the sketches are approved, I begin drawing the image out by hand on the wall, . Then I start painting! If the mural to be painted contains a 'sky' I usually paint this first, not only because it is the most distant background, but also because it creates a good ambiance for me to work creatively in. I use a mixture of white emulsion and acrylic colours, and use brushes to apply the paint to the walls, using as many coats as are needed to create a good quality finish. This provides a very durable surface, and sometimes an extra coat of acrylic matt varnish is applied on top for added protection. Often I will need to mix up many colours before painting a particular area, and generally mix up 3 tones of a similar hue to allow me to create the illusion of shadow, and add highlights last. Sometimes a full range of gradiated tones is needed for detailed work. It takes a methodical approach to create a quality mural, and persistence, and then before you know it, it's done!

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    24. Are these pictures wallpaper or paintings, reproductions or originals?


    Most are original paintings, handpainted to order by me, Neil, all on my own!


    Check the online shop for the new wallpaper murals, and canvas prints.

      

     
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